Paul Costelloe took a different turn for Spring this morning as he opened London Fashion Week. This season the designer got playful showing flirty feminine dresses coming in heavy white fabrics and pink and silver metallics. Silhouettes were strong and structured despite the ultra feminine feel particularly on babydoll dresses. Jackets came in silver metallic styles in boxy shapes styled with short pink skirts. Dresses, that were volumous from the waist and fitted around the bust, were all designed to show off a tiny waist. When dresses weren't nipped at the waist, they came in peplum styles in mint green. Although dresses were the focus, skater skirts featured throughout on baby pinks on abstract checks.
In his show notes the designer said that the collection was aimed at 'fusing ethereal prettiness with biker girl chic' and that's exactly what we got. Leather jackets in lilacs and nudes were rolled up on the sleeves and styled over pink checked dresses with huge bows at the back . Jackets also came in blue with voulumous short sleeves and metallic silver lining in hoods and many had angular shoulders and collars adding a welcomed edge to the otherwise ultra feminine collection.
That aside, the strength in the collection lay in the menswear with this year being the third time the designer has added menswear to his show. Models looked understated but chic in cropped shorts in bright red and royal blue styled with linen blazers with one particularly coming in navy blue and cream stripes.